The Vertical Flight Foundation (VFF) was established in 1967 as the philanthropic arm of the American Helicopter Society (AHS). AHS is pleased to award $45,000 in VFF scholarships this year to the world’s most talented and deserving engineering students. Puneet Singh, PhD student from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor, received one of 19 scholarships awarded this year. He will be recognized at the Grand Awards Banquet at the 70th Annual AHS Annual Forum and Technology Display at the Palais des congrès de Montréal on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 in Montréal, Québec.
Puneet is the student of Peretz Friedmann, Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Professor in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and recipient of the AHS Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship in 2013. Professor Friedmann has made lasting fundamental original contributions to rotary and fixed wing aeroelasticity, active control, optimization and unsteady aerodynamics that had significant influence on air vehicle design. His pioneering contributions in rotary wing aeroelasticity combined with his work on optimization of helicopter blades for vibration reduction had a major influence on the understanding of aeromechanical behavior and design of modern rotorcraft systems.